In Ron Prince's tenure at Kansas State, he's always made it a priority to evaluate and recruit heavily the top local programs in the Sunflower State. For the Wildcats' sixth commitment for the class of 2008, Prince has tapped into the Olathe (Kan.) East pipeline once again.
The Wildcats newest addition is from Travis Tannahill, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound athlete that played quarterback last season for East but projects as a tight end on the next level.
Last season the Wildcats landed a commitment from Tannahill's teammate, running back Demetrius Bell.
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"I've committed to Kansas State in both football and track," Tannahill said.
"Coach Prince offered me a scholarship, and I committed yesterday. I was also recruited by a bunch of schools, including Arkansas, in track. Coach Prince was really excited about my decision."
Olathe East coach Jeff Meyers said the Wildcat fans should also be excited about landing Tannahill. While he's not ranked in the Kansas top 10 and wasn't a household name with recruitniks, Meyers said K-State got itself one heck of a football player.
"He's a great kid No. 1, he's a great fit with that program with what they want to do with the best athletes," Meyers said. "He's 6-3 and 240 pounds, so he's got great size. He's got a great frame to put on even more weight. He's a super-athlete, that's a two-time state champion in the javelin.
"He plays on both sides of the football for us, he played quarterback last year for us, but he has played tight end earlier in his career. K-State recruited him to play tight end."
His track accolades definitely speak for themselves – he won state with a 199 feet, 6 inch throw and finished 17th in the nation – but Meyers thinks the Wildcats landed one of the best kept secrets in the state on the gridiron.
"I believe he's the best tight end in the state of Kansas, but he gets overlooked because we play him at quarterback," Meyers said. "I saw KU got the kid from McPherson, but I think Travis is right up there with him and is a super athlete. He can catch the ball really well and is a dominating blocker.
"You have to have all the tools to be a Division I recruit, and Travis has all of that and then some. I'm really excited about his decision. I think K-State's going to be a great place for him."